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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Abobe Creative Suite 5.5 - Now With Subscription Options

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/159...04/cs55sub.html

"New Subscription Editions ensure customers are always working with the most up-to-date versions of the software without the upfront cost of full pricing. With subscription pricing, customers can use flagship products such as Photoshop for $35 per month, the Design Premium for $95 per month, or the Master Collection for $129 per month, for example."

At first glance this appears to be quite an attractive opportunity to buy in to the Abobe world of products. If you are a design or photography professional you will know that their products are amongst the best available, but are considered by some to be expensive. Whether their cost is justifiable will depend on your business case for their use. The Subscription Editions offer a new purchase and use option that might be quite desirable, but be careful calculating your overall costs. Note also that with the release of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 new product features are also included.

There are quite a few options to consider (hit the Read link for a full analysis), but in general the idea is that you pay a monthly fee to have a valid license to run a particular product. You can subscribe on a month-to-month basis, or commit to longer period with additional savings. You may have to consider a few scenarios to figure out if this is more cost-effective for you. If, for example, you start and stop fairly short-duration projects, employing part-time or contract professionals, then this subscription model might work well for you. You could purchase a license for a few months and then cancel once the project is complete. If you employ a team of design professionals, full time, then there may still be cost advantages to keeping with the traditional model of buying a product license outright, and upgrading when you feel the new features warrant it. All things considered, this new model may be just the option you are looking for to get access to Adobe products in a cost-effective manner.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

A New Take On Mouse Design

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/revi...laser-mouse.ars

"To use the mouse, simply place your hand over it. The swiveling base and higher design naturally adjust themselves to fit your hand, and it bends slightly back and forth as you work. It's hard to describe, but in practice it's almost startlingly comfortable; my wife and I both found ourselves using it with our laptops very quickly. The mouse is wireless, and it uses a micro transceiver that unobtrusively plugs into one of your system's USB ports. We tested the mouse on both PCs and Macs, and it worked great on both."

From time to time you come across a new way of thinking about a standard computer peripheral. Case in point: Smartfish Technologies has patented a new pivot system (ErgoMotion) which they have integrated into a new mouse design. The new design allows the mouse to pivot in almost any direction. The net impact is the mouse will allow your hand and wrist to assume a "Dynamic Neutral Position" as you move the pointer across the desktop. Smartfish believes the design is ergonomically advantageous, and has quite an impressive technical team behind the design. A video on the Smartfish website gives you more details on exactly how this works in practice. The company has both a notebook and desktop version of the mouse, and also has an ergonomic keyboard that sports a very flexible bevy of possible positions. If you read comments from people who have used the mice you will find a mixture of results, which is not surprising given that the new design may take some getting used to. If you have ever suffered from a repetitive strain injury, like I have, then you'll appreciate that getting used to a device like this might be well worth it. Hit the Read link for more information.


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Do We Want Gadgets With Character?

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:30 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5597037/all-giz-...kyline=true&s=i

"I feel like a castaway in a sea of glossy black plastic, chrome, and glowing blue buttons. Do we really need every piece of electronics to look the same, sandwiched in this shiny ebony that is the 21st Century beige? I go to buy a TV and my head spins out of boredom, making me sick. What... happened to industrial design? Most products have no character or soul. Some people argue that, to recover their character, we need to get electronics back into furniture."

Jesus Diaz, at Gizmodo.com, has written an interesting column bemoaning the lack of "character" in the design of most modern electronic devices, particularly those in the low-to-moderate price range. His column is sprinkled with fascinating photographs and links to other sites, as well as speculation as to the possible causes behind what he clearly sees as a march toward boredom. The above photo shows an older Marantz receiver, (Model 2285B, circa 1979: One of these powered my main stereo system until early 2010.) resplendent it its Walnut Veneer Cabinet and "gold anodized" brushed-silver front panel - as contrasted with a current model Insignia receiver (NS-R2001) from Best Buy, with the black face and digital display that seems to typify the author's complaints. In your opinion, do the exterior designs of today's electronics lack character? Should we return to silver face plates and wood (veneer) cabinets?


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